The schedule for the 2022 NFL regular season has been released and the New Orleans Saints have been given three traditional primetime games. This is a far cry from what the team is used to but after losing both Drew Brees and Sean Payton in back-to-back years and not reaching the playoffs a season ago, three primetime games feels fair for the ’22 Saints.
The first primetime game for the black and gold doesn’t come until Week 7 when the Saints square off against the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. That game is slated to take place in Arizona and it’s hard for road teams to win when playing on a short week.
Two weeks later, the Saints have another primetime matchup, this time at home and against the Baltimore Ravens. This will be a tricky one for New Orleans to win but at least it’s at home.
The final primetime game isn’t until Week 13 against the Buccaneers. It’s set to take place in Tampa Bay and is the final game for New Orleans before they finally hit their late-season BYE in Week 14. NOLA hasn’t let the bright lights of primetime scare them when facing the Bucs and we saw that firsthand last season when they shut them out in Tampa on Sunday Night Football.
New Orleans Saints rewarded with three primetime games
The Week 4 matchup against the Vikings could technically be considered a primetime game, as it’s in London and therefore, set to kick off at 8:30 AM CST. The Saints and Vikings will be the only two teams playing at that point so this could be classified as one.
New Orleans, as of now, is not scheduled to play on Sunday Night Football. If they end up not getting flexed into a Sunday night game, it’ll be the first time since 2017 that the Saints have not played on Sunday Night Football.
Considering how poorly the Saints played in some of their primetime games last year and the fact that they’re not considered a “flashy” team anymore, three primetime matchups are pretty good.
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